As we all know and learned from school, the archipelago of the Philippines has 7, 107 islands. But just this year (2016), The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) discovered 534 new islands which is more than the 400 previously announced. And our beautiful country now has a total of 7, 641 islands! Such a great news to all travelers!
Take a look at these breathtaking islands in Mindanao that might be on the new list. These islands vanish when sea levels rise.
1. Kambiling Naked Island, Santa Monica, Siargao
You can reach Kambiling Naked Island by boat from the town of Santa Monica. No one is allowed to stay on the island except for a few minutes. The island disappears when it is high tide, but you’ll witness its beauty when it is low tide. You’ll also see shells litter its shore. This island is barely a hundred meters wide.
2. Mantigue Island (White Island), Camiguin
Also known as White Island or Vanishing Island, it is 80 to a hundred meters wide. The island is longer when it is low tide.
3. Sanipaan Vanishing Island, Samal
This island can be reached by boat from Barangay Tambo of mainland island Garden City of Samal. You can sea mangroves and houses on stilts on a tract of white sand. But the strip of white sand disappears when it is high tide. You’ll see seagrass, starfishes, sea urchins, and corals in the water when you take a few steps from the shore.
4. Naked Island, Britannia Group of Islands, Surigao del Sur
Naked Island is… well, as the name suggests, naked. It’s a sandbar with no vegetation and is surrounded by the blue waters of Lianga Bay.
5. Pansukian Naked Island, Siargao
Admire this island’s 200 square meters of unspoiled white sand, crystal clear waters, and corals underwater.
6. Burias Banaybay, Davao Oriental
If you’re looking for a tranquil place to relax and unwind, this island is the best spot for you. Enjoy its serenity and beauty.